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#1 Post by alig » Thu 12 Oct 2017, 6:49 pm

Ever noticed how their cover versions always sound better than the originals? Be it Always on my mind, The Last to Die, It's alright or Go West. The boys always seem to tweak the chords for the right amount to make them sound more in line with the vocals.
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#2 Post by rashomon » Thu 12 Oct 2017, 8:02 pm

On a Pet Shop Boys forum some outsiders might suggest some element of positive bias at play here ...

Not me though. Totally agree with you alig ! :dance:
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#3 Post by Undertaker » Thu 12 Oct 2017, 8:49 pm

Those examples i agree with but the studio versions of Somewhere and Viva La Vida are way ott.

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#4 Post by York Minster » Fri 13 Oct 2017, 4:51 am

Glad All Over wasn't tweaked enough.
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#5 Post by stormynight » Fri 13 Oct 2017, 11:23 am

The last to die is way better with the original by Bruce Springsteen.
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#6 Post by Hillbilly » Fri 13 Oct 2017, 2:14 pm

I much prefer PSB's version of "Where the streets have no name"! Firstly, it first like a glove with "Can't take my Eyes off you"; secondly, I simply don't like U2. The combination of the two songs is genius.

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#7 Post by tottenhammattspurs » Fri 13 Oct 2017, 3:32 pm

My Girl isn't a patch on the original though.....
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#8 Post by Tom Angel » Fri 13 Oct 2017, 7:47 pm

I really like My girl, but it doesn't sound like they spent that much time on it. It's not definitive. But still, it has quite a charm to my ears.
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#9 Post by alig » Sat 14 Oct 2017, 3:52 am

stormynight wrote:
Fri 13 Oct 2017, 11:23 am
The last to die is way better with the original by Bruce Springsteen.
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#10 Post by Pod » Sat 14 Oct 2017, 9:28 am

I prefer the Bee Gees version of ‘I started a joke’ by some distance. Agree with the original poster’s choices though.
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#11 Post by Drico One » Sat 14 Oct 2017, 11:17 am

I think their recent cover versions have, by and large, been half-arsed.

I can only think, off the top of my head, of I Cried For Us as being really good. The imperial covers, from Always On My Mind to Go West were, ironically enough, original, exciting, and dramatic reinterpretations. The rot set in with Somewhere, which was over-the-top but joyless, a PSB cover-by-numbers. I thought the My Girl and Viva La Vida efforts were really poor karaoke tracks designed for no more than drunken entertainment, if that's your thing, and Glad All Over grimly horrifying.

The Springsteen track on Electric works well enough in the context of that album, but I rarely play it outside of that. The Bee Gees cover seems popular, but I've never really taken to it. That's probably just me. But nobody will tell me that Glad All Over isn't something to be quickly buried in remote scrubland at the foot of the Dublin mountains and never spoken of again.

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#12 Post by leesmapman » Sat 14 Oct 2017, 11:44 am

I think Believe/Song for Guy is an amazing track and one of the best additions on the FL tracks

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#13 Post by Drico One » Sat 14 Oct 2017, 11:59 am

Yes, that's very good. The only Elton collaboration worth its salt. But again, that originated nearly two decades ago. I remember being at university at the time of the An Evening with Elton John show and thinking that the segue was marvellous. It was in the drought between Bilingual and Nightlife, around the time of Sail Away, one of their more moderate covers, and I was gasping for PSB material. In some ways, it's surprising how little the Elton/PSB relationship has produced, musically. They just don't make for great collaborators, in terms of style, it seems. Maybe they are too respectful. Many of their best covers result from being almost disrespectful to the originals, at least in the sense that they don't do sacred cows.

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